Petrostatehood is not a zero or one

Some time ago Nikiforuk published an article at Foreign Policy declaring Canada a petrostate. It caused a big splash and became a talking point in the culture wars that make up Canadian politics. Stephen Saideman called it hyperbole. And Andrew Leech called it short on evidence...

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Alberta oil pr

Given my interest in science, public relations, web design and climate change, I have been thinking for a while about building a site with some social and moral relevance to the world I inhabit. I have been building a website about climate change soundbites.

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Questions for Michael Shermer

I've been a big fan of Skeptic Magazine for many years. And I am a big fan of science. My thesis was about, in part, science and the philosophy of science. I have some science training and I have some…

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Rex Murphy

There was a time when Rex Murphy spoke difficult truths and challenged powerful institutions. There was a time when Rex Murphy was a journalist that I might listen to. But no more...

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Russ Campbell, Tim Ball and climate change (I mean global warming)

Media coverage of global warming, ahem, has been divisive. If you are a busy person trying to understand global warming, you might get a little confused by reading the National Post, the Calgary Herald, or Russ Campbell's blog. It's partly because of the lack of critical discourse about many self-proclaimed climate experts' credentials...

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CO2 Now has widgets

CO2NOW.org is a neat resource specializing in helping humans simply know how much CO2 is currently in the Earth's atmosphere. It kind of reminds me of a thermostat. We should all have a carbon-o-stat for our earth. And it should…

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Remembering what not to do

With a variety of global environmental crises upon us, this old newscast casts doubt on our ability to deal with messes effectively. Often, our attempt to manage a scenario results in another, more dangerous, scenario. I appreciate the reporter's final…

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Freedom of scientific speech

One problem I have with so many conservatives and libertarians is their attachment to their untested (and often inconsistent) theories and ideas. To be fair, we're all probably a little challenged by science and research that refutes our own beliefs.…

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The future of cities

This conversation with Paul Saffo is interesting in part because these two middle age white executives are speaking so nonchalantly about the relative likelihood of nation states breaking up into city states. And don't forget about the rise of robots.…

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Making Tim Ball

This is a story about one of my moments of glory. Some of you know that some years ago I was fundraising for Greenpeace. One particularly cold winter day, I engaged a passerby in a conversation about global warming. The…

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Fossil awards for Harper-Prentice Government

Jim Prentice and the Harper Government have earned Canada several Fossil Awards for the positions they have been putting forward in negotiations at Copenhagen. Actually, we're currently leading the scoreboard for total points. Hell. We took first place and second…

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Something is happening

I’m an admirer of the minds behind GeoMemes, and I was visiting their site recently and noticed that they had embedded the advertisement below. It's not something I would expect to find on the home page of their website. But…

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Random ideas about Rex Murphy

The thing about Rex Murphy that troubles me is the way he calls his show "Cross-Country Checkup" but whenever I find myself listening I hear a representative from The Conference Board of Canada or the Fraser Institute. These guys (they…

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David Suzuki says call PM

David Suzuki says call prime minister Stephen Harper and tell him that Canada needs to show a willingness to cooperate in Copenhagen. And he also says we should record our phone calls on video and then post them to the…

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Moms against climate change

http://www.takeactiononclimatechange.com/ This is a good ad. Found it because I'm a Tyee fan. If you have children under 17, you can upload photos of them to the Mom's Against Climate Change site and they'll project images of your kids onto…

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Design a life support system

Today is a good day to think about our life support system. Our life support is our earth. It's a delicate mixture of gravity, various nuclear forces that hold our subatomic and atomic particles together, solar energy, some electrical forces…

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A helpful vid by Leo Murray

This thoughtful film appeals to me so much because I think the animation is really artful. It reviews the notion of a tipping point (important notion for people to understand) and it's written and narrated in a way that doesn't…

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